Why I Chose Kindle

After using my Netbook as an ereader I've discovered I need a dedicated device, I can be easily distracted and its hard to lay on your back and read from the Netbook. I've decided on the Kindle. Here is why. Dedicated device Limited-time promotional free selections - right now I have 44 books, I paid for 4 of them. Highlights and notes: Amazon keeps your highlights online at kindle.amazon.com. I can copy and paste these to Google docs or Evernote, which makes them searchable. Easy to use Syncing across devices. I have an app on my Evo and love it! Full keyboard for notes Use Read more [...]

Choosing a Reader for eBooks

I am hesitant to write this post, its so loaded with the issues surrounding ebooks.  At the same time I get asked this question at least once a week so the time has come to put fingers to keys and share my 2 cents. The question - What ebook reader should I buy?  My answer - that depends. First skip over the issue of dropping prices and improvements, issues with DRM and any other issues you have with ebooks and assume you want an ereader right now. These are the people who are asking me.  I've come to realize that choosing an ereader is a little like buying a vehicle, which one you get Read more [...]

Transliteracy is Now a LITA Interest Group

I'm thrilled to announced that there is a Transliteracy Interest Group within the Library & Information Technology Association( LITA) division of the American Library Association (ALA). I think Tom said it best in his announcement: I often joke that I get more accomplished at conferences at the bar after the sessions are over than I do during the conference. Well, here is a rather clear result that began as a conversation over drinks I was in Boston for Midwinter and on the last day of the conference met some people including the fabulous Lisa Carlucci and Tom Ipri for drinks.  Libraries Read more [...]

eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point – A Virtual Summit

If you're interested in the issues surrounding ebooks and libraries take a look at this upcoming virtual summit from Library Journal and School Library Journal.* Early Bird Registration is available until August 13th. ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point will bring together public libraries, academic libraries, and school libraries (K-12) in a day-long virtual conference environment. The day will be presented online and will include keynote presentations and panel discussions on the evolving concept of the book in a digital world and will keep participants future-focused and actively engaged Read more [...]

The Problem with Pseudonyms

As I look at the Library Day in the Life Project last week I think of all the things I could reveal if I didn't blog as "me". Things that might help others. Things that might show a better perspective of what I do all day. But because I'm me there are secrets I must keep. I must guard the privacy of patrons and staff. I'd also like to still have a job when I show up for work in the morning. Oh the lure of anonymity. I have seen the flip side of anonymity. When you don't own your words you aren't accountable. Sure you can share so much more freely, but there is the dark side too. Unfortunately Read more [...]

Top Ten Links Week 30 – Happiness, Social Media Comptency, eBooks, Digital Natives, Prezi, Facebook Privacy and More!

My personal select top ten links from Twitter 7/23/2010 through 7/29/2010. The best of the best and/or the most important stuff I tweeted last week 1. So-Called "Digital Natives" Not Media Savvy, New Study Shows via @colleengreene - I know the concept of digital natives has been popular but anyone who works with the generation knows that it is inaccurate there is a huge divide between those with the access to technology, never mind the know-how to use it. 2. AssortedStuff » We Need More Tech Skeptics - more on the idea of digital natives 3. Five tips for asking better questions - asking Read more [...]

Why Transliteracy? An Introduction for Librarians – a Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

I had the honor of being Michael Sauers guest on his NCompass Live Tech Talk series.  I did a brief overview of transliteracy and its importance to libraries.  The session was recorded and will be up after some editing, in the meantime here are my slides and some links. Why Transliteracy? An Introduction for LibrariansView more presentations from Bobbi Newman. Relevant Links: Transliteracy as a Blueberry Smoothie Escaping the Echo Chamber – presentation Defining Transliteracy for Librarians FCC’s Broadband Action Agenda Fails to Address Training and Education Empowering Read more [...]